ASUS Teases R9 290X DirectCU II

Subject: General Tech, Graphics Cards | December 9, 2013 - 12:03 AM |
Tagged: R9 290X, DirectCU II, asus

The AMD Radeon R9 290X is a very good graphics processor whose reference design is marred with a few famous design choices. AMD specs the GPU to run at a maximum of 95C, perpetually, and will push its frequency up to 1 GHz if it can stay at or under that temperature. Its cooler in the typical, "Quiet", default setting is generally unable to keep this frequency for more than a handful of minutes. This lead to countless discussions about what it means to be a default and what are the components actual specifications.

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All along we note that custom designs from add-in board (AIB) partners could change everything.

ASUS seems to be first to tease their custom solution. This card, based on their DirectCU II design, uses two fans and multiple 10mm nickel plated heatpipes directly atop the processor. The two fans should be able to move more air at a slower rate of rotation and thus be more efficient per decibel. The heatsink itself might also be able to pull heat, quicker, altogether. I am hoping that ASUS provisioned the part to remain at a stable 1GHz under default settings or perhaps even more!

The real test for Hawaii will be when the wave of custom editions washes on shore. We know the processor is capable of some pretty amazing performance figures when it can really open up. This, and other partner boards, would make for possibly the most interesting AIB round-up we have ever had.

No word, yet, on pricing or availability.

December 9, 2013 | 06:19 AM - Posted by Anon (not verified)

Yeeeeeees ! This means we're going to see R9 290's with DCU2 soon ! I was waiting to upgrade for this kind of card so we'll see how it performs against nVidia !

December 9, 2013 | 07:46 AM - Posted by Ryan D. (not verified)

Soon as in still this year????

December 9, 2013 | 08:56 PM - Posted by StewartGraham (not verified)

If I had to guess I'd say at some point after Christmas or early 2014. Although they might release it before the holiday season ends to capitalize on the spending frenzy.

December 10, 2013 | 11:57 AM - Posted by Trevor McCourt (not verified)

It really is about time we got some aftermarket coolers on the R9 290 family.

December 12, 2013 | 07:52 PM - Posted by Hockster

Sure would be nice to see *any* 290x's anywhere.

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